All Call of Duty mobile games in development at Activision Leeds - Report

Industry source says newly established British developer the latest studio working on shooter franchise, building all handheld games moving forward.

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Activision has tapped yet another studio to build Call of Duty games, it appears. VideoGamer reported today--quoting UK industry expert Andy Payne--that Activision Leeds will develop "all Call of Duty handheld versions [and] iOS versions" moving forward. Activision Leeds was established earlier this year, but its development slate has yet to be officially announced.

Activision Leeds may be the seventh studio working on Call of Duty games.

Payne explained that Activision having a range of studios simultaneously working on Call of Duty games allows for asset-swapping and various time-saving options.

"The two studios are saying, 'I need a tank, pull it off from the library.' And those assets are also going to be starting to be used by the mobile team, which is going to be based in Leeds," he said.

VideoGamer questioned the industry source about whether or not Activision Leeds is working on Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for the PlayStation Vita, but he did not answer. That game is due out this fall.

Past Call of Duty mobile games, including Call of Duty: World at War Zombies and Black Ops Zombies, were created by London-based Ideaworks Game Studio.

If Activision Leeds is in fact at work on Call of Duty games, it will mean that more than half of Activision's wholly owned studios are simultaneously developing entries in the series. The Leeds outfit will join Raven Software, Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Beachhead Studio, and Neversoft as contributors to the franchise.

Discussion

39 comments
interrasteral7
interrasteral7

In my opinion, Activison should have been the Wosrt American Company instead of EA, because they are milking the Call of Duty franchise to the ground.

ghost688
ghost688

low action. old way is the better.

ghost688
ghost688

its call of duty or transformers? robots.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

It's bad enough we have a Call of Duty game released every year, but now this s#!t? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE F$@*!%G KIDDING ME!!!

games100
games100

Im from Leeds!...not often you hear about local things on gamespot ha

lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

What about N-Space? Or are they taking over the 3DS mobile games too?

DITHRICH
DITHRICH

i wouldn't mind some of  the first MW or even COD 2 on an handheld, wont be so bad and those are the only CoD games i respect...

Mawy_Golomb
Mawy_Golomb

Once again, people are being so cynical. Let things be. Look at it this way: maybe this will allow for hardcore games (particularly shooters) to become even more popular on handhelds and mobile phones, allowing for that market to expand further and not have iOs or Android games be mainly casual ones. And, over time, milking franchises has to either lead to complete stagnation for their games or a lot of innovation and/or variety (as is found in Mario and other long running franchises). It has to go one way or the other.

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

Heh, it's funny that in Activision's past, they actually shut down a developer known as "7 Studios". Hopefully this is a sign of their apocalypse, and that they can finally stop stripping people of their jobs.

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

 Why would you need SO many studios to develop a repetitive game like this? If it was for a HUGE project something like Watch Dogs then it's understandable..

wowcabbage
wowcabbage

People complain. Well then stop buying there games and they may see incentive to innovate their franchise. If it was me and i could push the same old crap that millions would buy, i'd do it :)

amackzie
amackzie

as usual call of duty will be a blast furnace

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I don't think I've heard of 6 different developers working on one franchise before. That's unbelievable. Wow.

 

Activision is truly putting all their eggs in one basket as far as making COD its cash cow.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'm waiting to the bubble COD has become to burst.....

the fall will be a hard one indeed, when COD fails these hacks will be finished......

unless VU sells them first......let's hope that happens....

TRAVISTOUCHD0WN
TRAVISTOUCHD0WN

i want this for the vita already cant wait to rock out with my gold m16 once again

pezzott1
pezzott1

Im surprised how much they are milking the COD franchise... Cant wait for it to stop, maybe then studios will start creating new original ip.

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

CoD on mobile? WOW! Another way for 12-year olds and their spiffy iPod Touches or iPhones to play Cod!

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

WOW! You think we'll get to shoot people and blow things up in first person?!

123yms
123yms

There's always Gameloft's Modern Combat until then 

Scorpion2929
Scorpion2929

Man, Call of Duty should be a synonym for diarrhea. 

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

That's right! you milk the crap outta that game before nobody likes anymore! 

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

they are just making there ship sink faster this way

leeko_link
leeko_link

"The Leeds outfit will join Raven Software, Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Beachhead Studio, and Neversoft as contributors to the franchise."

 

So where was n-Space (developers of all the DS COD games) and Amaze Entertainment (developer of PSP COD game) in all of this?

pez2k_
pez2k_

Only half of their studios are working on CoD titles? Think of all the wasted resources, and all of the market they're missing out on! They need an eighth studio to focus on the PS2 and Facebook games to go with their much-loved Blackberry and DS ports.

killlo
killlo

what a waste of resources

houdeanibeani
houdeanibeani

Frig I want zombies on the Vita!!!!!!! Treyarch, please be working on Cod Declassified!

 

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Damn it takes 7 studios to make the same game

IamNick2k11
IamNick2k11

 @J4m3sR4n0r72 The money they make of doing the same thing over and over again :P I'd do it if I was them lol

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

 @Mawy_Golomb In a sense, Rockstar were milking it when they ported GTA3 and Max Payne to iOS. But I'm so glad they did, because they're insanely fun to play on my iPhone.

moffattron9000
moffattron9000

 @sirkibble2 Ubisoft Montreal, Annecy, Massive, Quebec, Singapore, Bucherest, and Sofia are all working on the Assassins Creed series so there's another one. Why do you think their credits go for 25 minutes.

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I correct myself. 7 studios. Didn't include Leeds. My goodness! 

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

But those Ubisoft studios are all working on one game. All these studios are working on different CoD games. That's the nonsense of it all. lol